[shahr-zhey duh-fair, shahr-zhey; French shar-zhey da-fer]
- Also called chargé d'affaires ad interim. an official placed in charge of diplomatic business during the temporary absence of the ambassador or minister.
- an envoy to a state to which a diplomat of higher grade is not sent.
Origin of chargé d'affaires
1760–70; < French: literally, one in charge of things
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- the temporary head of a diplomatic mission in the absence of the ambassador or minister
- the head of a diplomatic mission of the lowest level
C18: from French: (one) charged with affairs
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